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Christchurch Priory and Parish Church, Christchurch

Description: Christchurch Priory and Parish Church

Grade: I
Date Listed: 14 October 1953
English Heritage Building ID: 101493

OS Grid Reference: SZ1603192531
OS Grid Coordinates: 416031, 92531
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7322, -1.7742

Location: 16 Church Street, Christchurch BH23 1BW

Locality: Christchurch
Local Authority: Christchurch Borough Council
County: Dorset
Country: England
Postcode: BH23 1BW

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There is also a scheduled monument, Pre-Conquest Monastery, Early Christian Cemetery, Augustinian Priory and a Motte and Bailey Castle at Christchurch, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

14-OCT-53 (South side)


A monastery existed here before the Conquest and is recorded in Doomsday Book. The present church was begun by Ralph Flambard in the Cll and C12. The Crypts beneath the Presbytery and Transepts, the Transepts {themselves} (with later windows inserted) but including the fine Norman turret at the north-eastern corner of the North Transept and the Nave are all of this period although the Clerestory is C13. The Aisles were remodelled in C13 and the very large North Porch is also of the C13. The Lady Chapel is early C15 with a Reredos of mid C15 date. The Chancel and its stalls C15. The West Tower was dedicated in early C16. The Choir has a fine, mid C14 Reredos. Numerous monuments and Chantry Chapels including that of Margaet Pole, Countess of Salisbury and her son Cardinal Pole, later Archbishop of Canterbury. Memorial to the poet Shelley at west end.

Nos 10 to 13 (consec) (with its railings and wall), form a group with Nos 14 to 16 (consec) with associated wall and with the Priory Church, the gates to the churchyard, the sundial and boundary walls to churchyard and Garden of Rememberance.

Christchurch Priory forms the focal point of several groups of buildings as well as being the most prominent feature in the distant view of the town.

Listing NGR: SZ1603192529

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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